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I got inspired by Mcfarlane’s dragon action figures. Earlier someone posted the concept sketches for the toys, awesome stuff. Anyways CnC please...I'm not good with creatures. Thanks in advance.
For a humanoid its hands seem a little thick-fingered and clumsy, and its skull maybe a little too small. I'm wondering if the horn on the back of its calf would poke it when its knee bent. Wings need detail of course. Bigger more human eyes are generally a plus in action figures because this feature makes them seem more role-playable to kids. In general I like it, it looks like it has a rather sensual grace to it.
Well, firstly you need to think what age group you are focusing on. With kids they like things chunky, colourful, and 'cute'. With teens they like things to look 'cool', like sharp teeth, muscular, strong, and elegent. With adults, well, decide for yourselves.
How you have done the wings makes me think he (?) only has one, so if you are going to show a part of one in detail, you need to even the odds.
Also with the 'hand' claws, its possible that a dragoniod can have them like that, but its best if you have a human body to use the two most personal features, the face and the hands, you can alter them alittle, liek add a snout, or long claw like nails, but too much exageration can spoil the effect.
Sunandshadow, I slendered out the hands a bit more, rounded off the horns on the calfs. (That would suck to poke oneself) I also gave him bigger eyes.
Fl3wk, Actually I wasn't really aiming make an action figure more than just wanting to practice creating a creature. But the points you made about the target age group helps me focus on a audience. I would say, young adult? I detailed the wings out more. I enlarged the head just a bit.
Thanks for the comments, they were of great help.
Glad to help. I like dragon-people, I have some in my novel-in-progress, although they don't look quite like this - they have feathers for one thing. Link if you're curious:
I like these eyes better. I'm still a little unsure what the facial expression is supposed to be - personally I would make it a bit more smiley, although a superior smirk would work equally well as a true smile. The first horn which is coming from the top of the eyesocket looks a bit uneven between the right and left sides of the dragon. Also now the wing-elbows or wrists or whatever look a bit odd with such a small horn on them.
If you want a suggestion for what to do next, I think it would be fun to see what a female one of these looked like.
Sunandshadow, I moved the horns on the dragon's head a little closer to make them more even. The wing-elbows with the horn, I actually went a head and made it smaller. I was thinking he might poke himself, like you mention with the calves before. Expressions sound like a great idea, I need to practice them more but probably with human faces first so I get better. That is pretty neat you are making a novel.
watch how you append a set of wings to a creature, there needs to be muscle correlation in the chest, shoulders and back.
...though really, dragons use magic to fly right? I don't know if I've seen more than a handful of angels/deamons or dragons with actual muscle correlation.
Not that I'm having a dig, it's just something to mess about with in the future when you are sketching n thinking of the underlying muscle structure that supports the skeleton...
Jonoy, good suggestion. The wings are more or less glued on the back. I did make him top heavy to hint muscle support for the wings but there is no real correlation as you mention. The next time I stop by the library I'll check out some books on birds to study their muscle structure. Thanks
I really like this dragon person. He's quite graceful and fluid, I think.
Wings on things like this are always a problem. From a completely biological perspective, vertebrates, at least on this planet, have never had six limbs.
You could create musculature that looks like it might support a function like flight, but you'd be inventing it regardless. One animal's biology to look at is the bat, obviously. They have enormous pectoral muscles and comparatively tiny biceps. The pecs do the work and the biceps help steer and modulate the air lift, but don't really carry much weight.
Anatomical considerations like that might not result in a very anthropomorphic looking creature, which might not be as fun.
But as it stands, I think he's pretty cool.